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This Female Artist Is Updating Her Mental Health Progress Online Through Surreal Illustrations

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  •  May 16, 2019

 

Meet Destiny Blue who doesn’t shy away from talking about her depression in public. By channelising her talent, she has been able to create many illustrations that show her life undergoing mental breakdown every now and then.

In one of her posts, the blue-pixie-haired girl wrote: “I tell you I’m suicidal not because I don’t feel shame (I do) but because I shouldn’t. Everyone should be able to feel safe and supported when opening up about these issues. But unfortunately, I don’t, I feel stupid and worthless, weak and selfish, not only because this is what society labels us as, but because this is what the illness tells me I am, it’s a double edged sword which makes it so difficult.  People throw words like ‘depressed’ ‘psychotic’ and ‘bipolar’ around like they’re some cute accessory. They’re not; they are the freezing waters that suffocate me.”

Hi, Blue here. . I don’t really know where to start… um, wow. Depression tells you no one cares about you. But you have proven otherwise. I never imagined just what a huge outpouring of love there would be. It’s still strange to process the kindness, love and support you have sent my way, when I feel I don’t deserve it sometimes. But the truth is I do deserves it. Everyone with mental health issues deserves it. You have not only supported me with your love, but made a huge practical difference to my life. £28,000 worth of difference. 100% of that money will go to paying for a bed in a private mental health hospital where I can hopefully recover more fully and hopefully overcome this illness which has taken so much of my life. . A bed should become free in the hospital on Tuesday. Until then my wonderful partner Joe (who has been the one updating you recently) is looking after me. . Wish I could thank you individually. You all mean so much to me. You contributions to the #weloveyoudestinyblue have put a huge smile on my face. . Peace, Love and Survival, Blue x . gofundme.com/destinyblue

31.1k Likes, 784 Comments – DestinyBlue (@destinyblue) on Instagram: “Hi, Blue here. . I don’t really know where to start… um, wow. Depression tells you no one cares…”

During an interview with the HuffPost, she said, “I didn’t come from an expressive household, and here I was with so much inside me ― so much I didn’t understand, thoughts, feelings, and emotions marched through me like an invading army. I needed a way to process and vent, and drawing provided a canvas to untangle myself upon.”

Thank you New York Comic Con! ? Sorry I sold out of pretty much everything! ? Promise I will bring more prints next year if you bring the love ?? ? Peace, Love and Big Apples, Blue x

4,206 Likes, 63 Comments – DestinyBlue (@destinyblue) on Instagram: “Thank you New York Comic Con! ? Sorry I sold out of pretty much everything! ? Promise I will bring…”

She added, “It took me a long time to realize I was mentally ill, rather than lazy, sad or worthless. For years I could function just well enough to look okay, while inside the blinding red of anxiety burned me, or gray static of depression unplugged me.”

In 2015, Destiny was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for a month to deal with her condition that was taking a toll on her life. She revealed it was art that rescued her.

Signing and sending my Limited Release Print orders! Your support kept me busy for 3 days ?(I did not look this on point by day 3) ? They should be with you by now ? ? #photography #signedprints #artistlife #artislife #bluehair #photodaily #ootdfashion #packaging #limitededition #artprints #interiors #sonya6000 #style #art #dayonthelife #sharpie #signature #fashionblogger #destinyblue #blue #instalife #instaart #artistsoninstagram #artstagram

3,555 Likes, 27 Comments – DestinyBlue (@destinyblue) on Instagram: “Signing and sending my Limited Release Print orders! Your support kept me busy for 3 days ?(I did…”

She said, “Art has had a pivotal role in that as therapy. I want others who are also struggling with mental health issues to know there is hope, and that they are not alone, and that someone else understands how tough a path it is to walk, and how strong you are for carrying on.”

I’m leaving hospital! 💙😃 Drew myself as a magical girl as I really have transformed since coming in here 💙 . 7 weeks has done me the world of good! And I’m not fully leaving the support of the hospital yet – I am going to be a day patient which means I’ll be attending the therapy groups in the day while staying at home at night. . I’m kinda nervous but excited! What magical power would you most like to have? .. Peace, Love and Getting Back to your Own Bed, Blue xx . . . . . #ootd #art #artist #outfitoftheday #ootdart #ootddrawing #artootd #drawnootd #fashion #artistfashion #quirkyfashion #bluehair #magicalgirl #transformation #artvslife #girl #happy #bestlife #picoftheday #positivity #healing #drawthisagain #drawingfromlife #blue #bluedresa #magic #digitalart #sketch #artistsoninstagram #artstagram

24.5k Likes, 356 Comments – DestinyBlue (@destinyblue) on Instagram: “I’m leaving hospital! 💙😃 Drew myself as a magical girl as I really have transformed since coming in…”

H/T: HuffPost

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